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Posted on Oct 28, 2009
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George W. Bush’s dream of Americans on Mars got a little bit closer to reality Wednesday as NASA successfully launched its prototype Ares I-X rocket. A version of the new rocket is planned to launch Orion, NASA’s replacement craft for the aging space shuttle, as America’s preferred method of getting off-planet.

Back in 2004, in what might have been a desperate move, then-President Bush refocused NASA on manned space flight and a return trip to the moon on the way to Mars. Ares, another name for Mars as well as NASA’s spiffy new rocket, is also, coincidentally, the god of war.  —PZS

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By Chris, October 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment
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Look at all the good knowledge and tools we got out of the apollo (space race) program in the 60s. Yes it cost a hell of a lot. But the technology we got out of that was well worth it. If we actually push for a goal and force ourselves to achieve something we can’t do now, we will gain far more technology out of it than we can think even possible at the moment. It is worth it by far.

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By TAO Walker, October 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

If you think things are bad now, wait ‘til the war mongers can do their “thing” right in their god’s backyard.

Who’d've thunk it was going to get even crazier…....

HokaHey!

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By Carl, October 30, 2009 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

This isn’t about NASA, its about the Boeing-Lockmart “space shuttle” complex that wastes billions of dollars a year with old technology. ARES uses old Space Shuttle components to keep the money flowing to the same companies.

They don’t have the funds to go to Mars or the Moon. They need to innovate with “assisted launch” to launch SSTO RLVs. So a search for “skyramp” for info.

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By john, October 30, 2009 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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I read a story about a way to overcome the seemingly prohibitive costs of human missions to Mars…one way journeys.  Sounds terrible at first, but many would volunteer to be the first colonizers of Mars.  They would live a full length life on that planet - money would be spent on survival and expansion rather than the logistics of bringing someone back.

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By Thomas Lee Elifritz, October 29, 2009 at 8:00 am Link to this comment
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You are a complete retarded tool if you think that fraud of a test flight of the fraud of a rocket, Ares I, is going to get you anywhere closer to Mars.

That’s just how ignorant you are. Retarded Americans.

You just gotta love them. Jebus said so.

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By Hulk2008, October 29, 2009 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

Since Mars, aka Ares, is the god of war, maybe, just maybe, W and the military industrial complex hope that continuous improvement of US rocket technology will also have useful military side effects.

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By gerard, October 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

There’s a good bit of controversy about these very, very expensive shots aimed at eventual moon colonization.  To put humans into space is many times more expensive than using robots, and robots would actually be more efficient at collecting information, many say.

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